Warning: Transphobia and Transphobes are about to be discussed.

 

 

Joshua Sutcliffe is a teacher in Oxfordshire, or at least he was. I’m hoping he gets fired, instead of just being suspended. Why? Well, he made a simple mistake – and a simple mistake is one thing, right?

I’ve been misgendered that many times in my life, I can easily spot a Transphobe. But not everyone who misgenders me is a Transphobe. But, someone who is a Transphobe is someone who defends their misgendering.

I’ve had this so many times:

But if you were born female, why can’t I call you a girl?

Because I wasn’t born female, I was merely assigned female on how my body looked when I was born.

So, back to Mr Sutcliffe – what’s the problem?

Well, he misgendered a Trans Man and called him a girl. The student corrected him, and he apologised, but when the incident got back to the Trans Man’s parents, they decided to make a complaint. This has lead to Sutcliffe being suspended.

Now, when this sort of thing happens, you apologise, and that’s it, right? No, Sutcliffe didn’t seem to get the memo.

He decided to say this:

I have been shocked and saddened by the actions of the school, which, in my opinion, reflect an increasing trend of Christians being marginalised in the public square, and unpopular beliefs silenced.
While the suggestion that gender is fluid conflicts sharply with my Christian beliefs, I recognise my responsibility as a teacher and Christian to treat each of my pupils with respect.
I have balanced these factors by using the pupil’s chosen name, and although I did not intentionally refer to the pupil as a “girl”, I do not believe it is unreasonable to call someone a girl if they were born a girl.

Well done, Joshua – you’ve just made this entire thing entirely worse!

Not only is that the stupidest comments I have ever heard in my entire life, but it’s also the worst to say when you’re being investigated for misconduct…

Well done on making the situation worse. Not only did you play the poor Christian; but you suggested that the gender is fluid reality is just a suggestion. Want to try again? Want to go converse with your Biology teacher friends? Hopefully, ones that aren’t teaching from a textbook published in the seventies.

You know what I haven’t seen in the past twenty years? A Christian being killed for being a Christian. However, Transgender people get killed quite often for being Transgender. There has been a minimum of fifty-one, this year. But that’s not including the deaths not announced.

So, here is why a misconduct charge is in place:

You misgendered someone – that could cause bullying by peers, assaults, and lead to possibly being outed to peers that didn’t know. But, hey! Your Christian values, right?

Tips on how not to be a Transphobe:

  • Don’t misgender or deadname them.
    • If you do make this mistake, just apologise and correct yourself.
  • Whether you agree or not with someone’s choice, just respect them.
    • If you do voice your opinion (it’s not an opinion, it’s hate speech), don’t use your religion as an excuse to not agree. I wouldn’t want you to taint their view of Christians because you’ll basically do that by telling them they shouldn’t exist.
    • Also, don’t use your high school biology class as an excuse not to agree, why? Because there are higher versions of science that state gender is fluid – and your shitty B in GCSE science is not going to change that fact.

 

Written by: Amore Kasey